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New Effects and Audio Features

By James Morris
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9/10

Review Price £49.10

PowerDirector 10's 3D abilities go well beyond merely importing and displaying footage, however. There is also a variety of effects you can apply in 3D. The Picture-in-Picture graphics can be superimposed in the third dimension, so they float above underlying video, although this can look a little unrealistic. Perhaps the most impressive of all are the particle effects. These create synthetic animations such as falling leaves or fire, and there are 3D versions available. So you can have autumnal foliage cascade in front of your 3D video, for example. It's a bit cheesy, but visually impressive. There are also numerous filters which also work in 3D, so you can create three-dimensional sepia or negative imagery, amongst many others.

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There are a number of non-3D effect enhancements, too, just in case you're not sold by the third dimension just yet. On loading the software, you're given the choice to load the Slideshow Designer or a wizard-based Easy Editor, as well as the full video editing environment. The Slideshow Designer now has a host of new templates, including a Time Lapse option, which lets you string together a series of photographs shot at intervals into a slideshow animation. Even this can be toggled to be in 3D, too.

The paint tool now has the ability to record your actions. So you can capture the process of drawing as an animation, and then play this back either on its own or over the top of other video tracks. This isn't quite an animated version of Adobe Illustrator inside your video editing app, but there is some control over brush style and material, so you can create some pretty cool effects.

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A couple of useful audio tools have been added as well. The Beat Marker lets you take the music soundtrack you have added and analyse it for rhythm. This then adds markers at the top of the timeline, which you can then use to synchronise your edits with the music. It seems to work quite well, and you can vary the minimum time between beat markers so you don't create too many of them. This tool can be used with any audio track, not just the one specifically aimed at music soundtracks.

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Keithe6e

October 26, 2011, 3:29 pm

>> maintain Full HD resolution in 3D, unlike the side-by-side alternative

Isn't it only Half SBS with this limitation, were as Full SBS is 3840x1080, so you get Full HD.

KultiVator

October 26, 2011, 5:52 pm

> Keithe6e:

I could well be wrong - but I think the review infers that JVC don't use the side-by-side system - and instead capture two separate, but Full HD frames (in a non-SBS format).

Keithe6e

October 26, 2011, 6:45 pm

Yes I understand that part, but his sentence infers that SBS cannot handle Full HD.

I maybe didn't quote enough to make that obvious.
>>which is a shame as they maintain Full HD resolution in 3D, unlike the side-by-side alternative.

It's only Half SBS that can't handle Full HD resolution.

James Morris

October 27, 2011, 4:25 pm

The JVC GS-TD1 will record either MVC or Half SBS. None of the current consumer-grade camcorders I've tested will do Full SBS, so it's a bit irrelevant to this discussion. They squeeze Half SBS into a single frame of Full HD AVCHD instead.

Enda

May 27, 2012, 5:35 am

What Blessing PowerDirector 10 Ultra is. It is relatively simple (one can go from the now-excellent free Windows Live MovieMaker to PD 10 Ultra with few hiccups. Its edit/timeline function is well-integrated with its Disk Authoring (6 weeks ago I bought Corel Videostudio X4 Pro which wiped out hours of work every time ONe chapter point was removed shifted.
The only quibble is that in the Menu/Disk authoring stage objects are often seen as overlapping when it is not apparent where this is occurring - no more than 4 thumbnails per page (6 is possible but a lot of farting about). The Cyberling community templates are great but I wish Cyberlink had supplied more generic, customisable templates (e.g. 6 thumbs per page). Otherwise a blessed dream - and STABLE - after Videostudio X4 - Congratulations Corel

Sira

March 25, 2013, 6:20 pm

PowerDirector 10 Ultra is disappointing me a lot!With this "rendering" i cannot work anymore!Everything takes twice more time, even for a simpl Title preview!VERY BAD!

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